The Rundown: Popovich becomes winningest coach in NBA history

Published March 12, 2022, 2:00 PM โ— JC Ansis

Gregg Popovich broke an NBA coaching record after getting his 1,336th victory to pass Don Nelson.


Magic 118, Timberwolves 110
Hawks 112, Clippers 106
Celtics 114, Pistons 103
Heat 117, Cavaliers 105
Mavericks 113, Rockets 100
Grizzlies 118, Knicks 114
Hornets 142, Pelicans 120
Spurs 104, Jazz 102
Raptors 117, Suns 112
Lakers 122, Wizards 109

What went down

The San Antonio Spurs franchise wouldn't be where it would be without the vision and guidance of Gregg Popovich.

Pop is a coach like no other. And for over 20 years, the Spurs have been blessed to be associated with someone full of class and ingenuity. And today was proof of Pop's greatness.

After the Spurs beat the Jazz at home, 104-102, Popovich passed Don Nelson and moved to No. 1 on the list of most coaching wins in NBA history with 1,336.
?But the win didn't come without drama. Pop and the Spurs found themselves down 10 heading into the fourth period. The Jazz extended the lead to 15 early in the quarter but the Spurs rallied back by playing pressure defense and getting some much-needed offense from Dejounte Murray, who finished with 27 points, nine rebounds, and four assists.

The Spurs mounted an 18-3 run in less than five minutes to tie the game and eventually get the historic win for one of the best coaches in the league's history.

Big-time baller

This space is usually reserved for the best player with the best stats. But for today, I'm giving it to the GOAT coach. Not even LeBron James' 50-ball can make me change my mind.

What he said

For Bismack Biyombo, some things are just bigger than basketball.

Biyombo, a native of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, is donating his entire NBA salary to put up a hospital in his homeland.

"I want to give these people better conditions by building a hospital that will be named after my dad... We're just trying to make sure we can save as many lives as we can," he said.

Did you see that?

There's just something powerful about seeing a big man dunk on another big man. Take this hammer from KAT for example:

Speaking of dunks, Zion Williamson was on the bench with the Pelicans tonight. He was all smiles alright but look at his reaction after Herbert Jones threw one down on Mason Plumlee.